Reports of the 2nd Symposium (2015)

The 2nd symposium was held in the Northeastern University of China, Shenyang, including a two-day presentation (12 to 13 Sept.), and a 6-day field excursion in western Liaoning and adjacent Inner Mongolia after the congress (14 to 19 Sept.). Altogether, 152 participants from 18 countries including Australia, Brazil, China (including Hongkong), Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Lebanon, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Tanzanian, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, and so on.

“Geologic and biotic events on the continent during the Jurassic/Cretaceous transition” is the theme of this symposium, which contains three major sessions: 1) Integrated paleontology and stratigraphy, 2) Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology and palaeoecology, and 3) Coevolution of organisms and environments.

Two-day presentation was built around six plenary lectures, eight keynote talks, 42 oral and 22 poster presentations, and featured a multi-disciplinary array of speakers covering the events during the J/K transition, involving continental orogenesis, volcanism, sedimentology, ichnology, biostratigraphy, oxygen and carbon isotope stratigraphy, J/K boundary palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, floral and faunal evolution, anoxic events, coevolution of organisms and environmets, terrestrial ecosystem, non-marine and marine correlation, and so on.

A business meeting was held at the evening of 12 September to discuss the progress of the project. Delegates discussed on the detail research direction, and year-round program. The 3rd symposium (2016) will be held at Cap Town, South Africa, and possible field excursions have been discussed. Dr. Emma Sammel Msaky (co-leader of IGCP632) and her group will organize the 3rd symposium. Besides, the 4th symposium (2017) was also discussed, and planed to be held in United States.

The Abstract Volume, Field Guide, and images of the 2nd symposium and field excursion are available online (see achieves).